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HALL OF FAME FLIES FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF
FOR HALL OF FAMER FLOYD PATTERSON


    CANASTOTA, NY - MAY 11, 2006 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of two-time heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. He passed away today at the age of 71.

Patterson was born January 4, 1935 in Waco, NC. He captured a gold medal as a middleweight at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki and turned pro the same year. In 1956 Patterson won the vacant world heavyweight championship via a fifth round kayo over Archie Moore. He lost the title to Sweden's Ingemar Johansson in 1959 and became the first man to regain the heavyweight title when he stopped Johansson in five rounds in the rematch. During his career Patterson compiled a professional record of 55-8-1 (40KOs) including wins over Eddie Machen, Henry Cooper, Oscar Bonavena, and Brian London.

“Floyd Patterson was an icon, a true gentleman and a great representative of the sport of boxing,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “He will be missed.”

In 1991, Patterson was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
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